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Advance Lightness 2 X-Alps harness

Advance Lightness 2 X-Alps harness

Advance have unveiled the harness that Chrigel Maurer and Sebastian Huber will be flying in the 2015 Red Bull X-Alps: the Lightness 2 X-Alps.   A full racing harness based on the Lightness 2, the Lightness 2 X-Alps comes complete with carbon-footplate pod and inbuilt reserve housing. It weighs just 890g, including karabiners. Advance say they designed […]





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Ozone’s 100g harness, the F*Lite, now available

Ozone’s 100g harness, the F*Lite, now available

Ozone have announced that their barely-there 100g harness, the F*Lite, is now load tested and available to buy in M size.  First seen at the Coupe Icare in September 2014, designer Fred Pieri has spent the intervening months refining the pilot comfort of “the lightest harness in existence”, and is now happy with the M size.  S […]





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Epicstoke Carvers sunglasses

Epicstoke Carvers sunglasses

Epicstoke Carvers are tough, flexible sunglasses made from natural materials, with interchangeable lenses offering 100% UV protection, available in various colours. The frames are made from cellulose acetate, a plant-based, environmentally friendly and hypoallergenic plastic which is comfortable to wear. “Like cotton”, according to the Carvers’ designers. The frames are then reinforced with steel. Cellulose acetate […]





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Steel paramotor frame from Skyrunner

Steel paramotor frame from Skyrunner

Russian paramotor company Skyrunner’s latest paramotor frame is made from polished stainles steel, and weighs around 5kg. The frame can take fixed or flex bars, and the 137cm cage breaks down into two sections. Choose between a 12 or 14 litre Robomecc fuel tank. Skyrunner.ru Cross Country is a reader-supported international publication and is available through subscription […]





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Skyrunner birch paramotor propellers

Skyrunner birch paramotor propellers

Skyrunner’s new birch propellers are available with different diameters and different directions of rotation, for a range of paramotors.  Skyrunner say the propellers are made to be vibration free, and to this end they undergo quality control tests at all stages of their manufacture. They are finished with a high quality, three-component varnish, with a stone […]





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Neo Ladies’ vest top

Neo Ladies’ vest top

Fly-and-ride speedriding brand Neo have released a new ladies’ vest top for the summer. The lightweight, sleeveless vest is made from a stretchy, breathable anti-UV fabric. Stylish and attractive, as with all Neo’s products it is designed and manufactured in France from European fabrics. This is: More than a choice; it’s a challenge, pushed by strong convictions, and […]





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Dudek Hadron XX: advanced paramotor wing

Dudek Hadron XX: advanced paramotor wing

Dudek have unveiled their latest reflex cross-country paramotor wing: it’s fast and agile, like the particle it is named after, and intended for experienced pilots. Dudek say the Hadron XX is for competitions, long cross countries, slaloming and thermalling, but they recommend pilots should have 100 paramotor hours logged before they are ready for one. A thoroughly […]





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Gradient Avax XC5 – EN D

Gradient Avax XC5 – EN D

Gradient have announced that their three Red Bull X-Alps pilots will be flying the new EN-D Avax XC5 in the event which starts on 5 July 2015. Gradient say the wing, which is intended for experienced cross-country pilots, has “typical Gradient handling, with predictable behaviour and comfort”. It is EN-D certified in 24 and 26m2 sizes, with the […]





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Finsterwalder Fex anniversary prize draw

Finsterwalder Fex anniversary prize draw

Finsterwalder have been making Fex hang gliders for 30 years! To celebrate, anyone buying a brand new Funfex, Airfex, Perfex or Lightfex between January 2015 and 30 June 2016 will be entered into a draw for a chance to win 50% of the purchase price back. Although the first Funfex was sold 30 years ago, Finsterwalder say, They are undergoing a renaissance, and now […]





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Topo guidebooks to French flying sites

Topo guidebooks to French flying sites

A Topo site guide to flying sites in the north-west of France has recently been released. It completes the four-book collection that cover the whole of France, giving detailed information on more than 600 sites. The Topos detail access to the sites, their location and orientation, official landing fields, the level of pilot they are suitable for, top-to-bottom height and GPS […]





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Paramotorist wins prestigious photography award

Paramotorist wins prestigious photography award

German paramotorist Armin Appel has won the coveted Open Photographer of the Year title in Sony’s annual World Photography Award for 2015. His winning photograph above, selected from 80,000 entires, is entitled ‘Schoolyard’. The abstract composition was taken from his paramotor above the town of Biberach an der Riss in Germany. Armin, who flies a Dudek Hadron, […]





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Bleyne Cross Country Classik 2015

Bleyne Cross Country Classik 2015

The Bleyne Cross Country Classik took place at the famous site in southern France from 10-12 May 2015. The aim was to bring together cross-country and competition hang glider pilots for a three-day cross-country extravaganza. Twenty pilots took part, including “most of the French Class 1 and 5 teams”, which was declared a rip-roaring success, with pilots getting lots […]





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Gekkopod: flexible gadget mount

Gekkopod: flexible gadget mount

Described by its creators Zuckerim as “The World’s most flexible Mount”, the Gekkopod was released on Kickstarter on 22 May, and surpassed its funding goal in less than 12 hours.  The bendy and versatile universal mount adjusts to any surface to hold your camera, phone, GoPro etc. wherever you want it held. The little gadget is made […]





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Jeremy Penone wins Slalomania in Dovera, Italy

Jeremy Penone wins Slalomania in Dovera, Italy

French pilot and current European slalom champion Jérémy Penone won the Polini Slalomania World Paramotor Cup round in Dovera, Italy, which took place from 15-17 May 2015. The event sponsors Polini write: Despite windy weather 8 slalom tasks were completed. Jérémy’s win was rather secure, confirming his expectations regarding new Snake of the XX series, powered by […]





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Simon Oberrauner wins Koessen Bordairline 2015

Simon Oberrauner wins Koessen Bordairline 2015

Twenty-three-year-old Simon Oberrauner from Graz (AT) won the Kössen Bordairline hike-and-fly competition, which ran from the 30-31 May 2015. The Nova Juniors Team pilot flew a Mentor 3 Light, and finished ahead of former Redbull X-Alps participants Lars Budack and Andy Frötscher. His Nova mentor and Nova Juniors Team leader, Till Gottbrath, said: Simon Oberrauner displayed a convincing […]





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Icaro Sitta hike-and-fly paraglider – EN D

Icaro Sitta hike-and-fly paraglider – EN D

Icaro have announced a forthcoming new mountain wing for hike-and-fly pilots, mountaineers and “regular pilots wanting a small and light fun wing”: the Sitta. Derived from the EN-A Aquila but lighter, the Sitta has a simple line plan and “featherlight” canopy, with super-easy take-off, great thermalling ability and stability in flight, say Icaro. Its handling […]





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AirDesign Eazy PPG

AirDesign Eazy PPG

AirDesign’s entry-level EN-A Eazy paraglider has been DGAC certified for paramotor use with new PPG risers. AirDesign say it’s the ideal wing to learn paramotoring on. Made for stress-free flying and easy to inflate and launch, AD say the Eazy is relaxing and confidence-inspiring to fly, absorbing turbulence and banishing stress, for both powered and unpowered […]





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Gradient Eiger hike-and-fly paraglider

Gradient Eiger hike-and-fly paraglider

Gradient have announced that their new hike-and-fly wing, the Eiger, has passed shock and load tests with “very good results”. An “agile and playful” mountain glider, the Eiger is not intended for beginners, but Gradient say it will be an ideal companion for experienced hike-and-fly enthusiasts. The Eiger will be produced in two sizes, 21m2 […]





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Airfer Explorer LT paramotor frame

Airfer Explorer LT paramotor frame

Airfer’s Explorer LT is a strong, lightweight paramotor frame, produced in stainless steel and titanium versions with strengthening aluminium bushes at the joints. The Explorer LT can be dismantled in two different ways: The complete method, where the ring is separated in small parts to make transport of the unit on planes, cars, buses etc easier Break it into 3 parts, so you […]





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Paragliding Map for Android

Paragliding Map for Android

The new version of Paragliding Map has recently been released for Android. Its creator Craig Payne explains: It has been totally rewritten for the latest version of Android, and includes some highly requested features, including: Terrain view Favourites – Store your favourite launches in an easy shortcut list Send my location – If you are in trouble […]





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